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Michaels’ Makers

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We have loved being apart of the Michaels’ Makers team for the past few years.  It’s so great to be apart of the Michael’s “MAKERS” movement.  I love being inspired to create…and that is Michael’s goal…to inpire ALL to create.

We look forward to another great year sharing tutorials and ideas with you…our readers!   We love the Michaels’ challenges and can’t wait to see what they have in store this year.  We would love you to follow along and join us in creating.  You can follow along with the hashtag #michaelsmakers.  We would absolutely love to see what you create.
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In July, I was able to attend the Michaels’ Makers Summit in the beautiful Sonoma, California.  While there, I was able to meet the Michaels’ Makers Team (a group of 50 inspiring and creative women), learn about Michaels’ Vision, and create some amazing projects with fabulous instructors from Creativebug (hundreds of craft classes online!).  It was awe-inspiring to be surrounded by so much beauty in one place.  The perfect place to get those “creative juices” flowing.

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There were beautiful flowers everywhere and fresh fruit and veggies at our fingertips.  I saw limes growing bigger than grapefruit!

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The garden party was gorgeous…and we made pretty flower crowns.

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I’m excited to share with you the craft classes I was able to attend with Creativebug.  We are excited to share that our readers will be able to access these four classes for free through August 22nd.  You will love them.  Amazing teachers…and craft classes…right from your computer or tablet.  I’m sharing 4 of the classes with you today.

Frame Weaving with Annabel Wrigley

In this class we learned how to weave on looms – and make Yarn Wall hangings.  I have another fun idea to make with this loom…and can’t wait to share soon.  I found this so relaxing.  I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy weaving.  Annabel was such a great teacher.  She teaches sewing classes to kids all over, and has written books on sewing and weaving.

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Watercolor with Yao Cheng

I loved getting to know Yao Cheng.  If you have ever wanted to try Watercoloring, you will love to take Yao Chengs beginning class.  I fell in love with watercolor and can’t wait to do more!  I love her style.  You have to give it a go!  If I can do it…you can do it!
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Tissue Paper Flowers with The Green Vase

Livia Cetti taught us the art of tissue paper flowers.  I was amazed at how real her paper peonies look.  So beautiful.  She has made thousands for events and weddings.  From the stem…to the petals, you can learn how to make these gorgeous flowers too.  They take a lot of patience, but are so worth it in the end.

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Image Transfer with Courtney Cerruti

I loved Courtney!  Her passion for art and creating in contagious.  I loved how simple, yet beautiful image transferring can be.  You will love the different techniques she teaches in her class.

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You will love Creativebug and we hope you will take advantage of the free classes this month!

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Baked Donuts

Baked donuts are a fun thing to do in the kitchen with the kids. No hot oil is involved so it is safe!

Baked Donuts

Hi! I’m Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom and I’m excited to be here today as part of the Crafting Chicks. I hope you will stop by for a visit over at my blog and check out all the pretty and delicious I am sharing over there.

I love spending time in the kitchen with kids. They are always so excited and eager to try something new. Because none of my children live at home any longer I have to borrow people’s children to play with in the kitchen. They don’t seem to mind.

This summer I asked three of my favorite sisters what they wanted to learn how to make in the kitchen and donuts were at the top of their list. I decided baked donuts were the way to go rather than fried donuts. It was also a hot summer day and baking seemed a better choice than frying. Whenever I am cooking with kids I like to have all the ingredients lined up for them out on the table.

Baked Donuts Ingredients

Kids love to measure ingredients and cracking eggs is always a popular activity.

Baked Donuts

We made a sour cream donut. The sour cream helps make them nice and moist.

Baked Donuts

After the donut batter is mixed up we filled the donut pan. This recipe made about a dozen donuts, may depend a little on how full they fill the pan. We placed the batter into a large zippered plastic bag to make the filling process easier.

Baked Donut Batter

Close up the bag and clip off a corner of the bag and let the kids fill the donut pan. No worries if they aren’t filled perfectly even – they will have fun doing it and when you are cooking with kids that is the first and most important rule – have fun!!

Filling the donut pan

The pan should be about 2/3 full of batter. They will puff up as they bake.

Baked Donuts

Let them cool on a cooling rack before icing. While they are cooling mix up your glaze. You want it just the right consistency so it stays on the donuts but is nice and smooth.

Dipping Baked Donuts into glaze

Have all your toppings ready to go so you can add them as soon as you have glazed your donut. Glazed Baked DOnut

We had rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, mini M & M’s.

Baked Donut toppings.

I think decorating the donuts was the most fun for the kids!

Sprinkles on Baked DOnuts

It was fun to see the kid’s personalities reflected in their topping choices. Some them just added one topping and others added them all to one donut!

Sprinkled, Glazed Baked Donuts

The girls little brother was also there patiently watching and waiting for a turn to decorate a donut! I think he actually had more fun eating handfuls of the toppings!!
Baked Donuts Of course the best part of any cooking project is the eating!

Baked Donuts

Have fun with the kids in the kitchen this summer and make Baked Donuts!

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Prep time: 

Cook time: 

Total time: 

Serves: 9 donuts.

Ingredients
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 2 egg
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ C canola oil
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Glaze
  • 1½ C powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk, enough to make nice dipping consistency
  • ½ tsp vanilla or other flavoring of choice
Toppings
  • sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, mini M & M's
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease donut pan.
  2. Mix together sour cream, egg, vanilla, oil and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Add in flour, baking soda and salt and stir until combined.
  4. Place batter into a large zippered plastic bag. Close and snip off corner.
  5. Squeeze batter into donut pan.
  6. Fill pan with batter (about ⅔ full) and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and top springs back when touched.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool on wire rack.
Glaze
  1. Mix together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Add enough milk to make a nice dipping consistency.
  2. Dip donuts and then sprinkle with desired toppings.
  3. Eat!
 

 

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Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

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Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

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I’m excited to kick off In The Kitchen Week with all these fun books for kids. This might be one of my favorite weeks because I love to be in the kitchen cooking with my kids. I love to teach them skills that come with cooking. It’s also a great time to have fun chats here and there about life and what’s going on with them.

Snag these books online or grab them at the library and get ready to have fun in the kitchen.

Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!

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Good Enough To Eat

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On Top of Spaghetti

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Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Pizza at Sally’s

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The Doorbell Rang

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The Food Parade

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The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

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Cooking with the Cat

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Betty Crocker Kids Cook!

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Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook

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The Children’s Step-by-Step CookBook

cooking children's step by step cook book Do you have any books to add to our list? Leave a comment and let us know what your favorites are.


In the Kitchen with Kids – Recipes & Printables

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To kick off our In the Kitchen with Kids Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

In the Kitchen with Kids

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi from It Is a Keeper

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Kitchen Skills by Age from Thirty Handmade Days

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Frozen Fruit Kabobs from Sugar Aunts

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5 Second Pizza Crust from True Aim

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Fruit Necklaces from Artful Parent

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt from Empowered by Them

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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Knots from I Heart Eating

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Plastic Bag Ice Cream from Teach Mama

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Bread in a Bag from Skip to my Lou

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Cheese Puffs from Childhood 101

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Cheese & Veg Muffins from Learn with Play at Home

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Easy Dirt Cup Treats from B-Inspired Mama

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Kid Made Butter from Life with Moore Babies

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Kids Recipe Book from Thirty Handmade Days

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles from The Crafting Chicks

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Cooking Utensils Matching Activity from Nourish Interactive

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.  Sign up for our newsletter HERE.  Each Friday we will be sending links to the weekly theme and posts so that you can get started!

Mondays: We will be sharing the best learning ideas, crafts and more from our favorite sites that tie into our weekly theme.

Tuesday:  We will be sharing the best Children’s Books!  And a literature activity that coincides with both the Chicks’ Pick book and weekly theme.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:  We will be sharing posts from our favorite bloggers!  They have the best ideas and are excited to be a part of this series!  All of these posts will tie into the theme:)

Fridays: Make sure you join each Friday to see what activities, supplies & other things you will need to plan your themed week at home.  We also will be having really cool giveaways each and every Friday of this series.


Forest Animal Shadow Puppets

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Shadow puppets can be the perfect camping activity. Can you imagine flashing these animals on the side of your tent?

animal shadow puppets for flashlights

These shadow puppets are super simple to make. Download the animal silhouettes. Print on cardstock. Gather some skewers, tape, scissors and a flashlight.

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flashlight shadow supplies Cut out the silhouettes and tape them to skewers.

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Once it is dark take the flashlight and shine it on the paper silhouette. You will see the silhouette displayed on the wall. The further away the bigger it gets.

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A fun way to keep kids entertained once the sun goes down!

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It is easy to keep these simple supplies on hand so they could be made at any time. What a perfect sleepover activity too! You might like to browse this list of 50 Boredom busters crafts and activities to also keep kids busy and engaged.

 

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I Whale-y Love You Notebook

I Whale-y Love You Notebook

I think I’m in love! My daughter was wearing some whale pajamas this week and I kept saying, “I Whale-y Love you!” We both laughed and then I had to do something about that cute little saying. So here you go. My answer is this “I Whale-y love you!” notebook.

I used my Cricut to cut out the vinyl and it was so super easy. I’ll even share the Cricut file here for you so you can jump in your Cricut Design Space and make one too.

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First off you’ll need to snag a cute notebook with a plan cover.  I found these cute craft paper ones at Michaels. They came in a 3 pack so you can make some for gifts.

Next, I used the Brights Sample pack of vinyl from Cricut. I loved the Teal and Pink together. Such fun bright colors.

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Use the Cricut to cut it all out. Use some transfer tape to place the vinyl on the notebook in the way that you like. I would like to mention how much I LOVE my Cricut Tools especially the weeder tool. It’s my favorite.

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And there you have it. A cute notebook dressed up with a little vinyl. Ready to write in or gift to a friend.

If you have been wanting a Cricut now is the time! Make some eggnog and hang some lights because it’s Christmas in July at Cricut! In addition to great sales on Cricut Explore machines and digital items, it’ll make you very merry to know that Cricut is also re-releasing retired cartridges in limited quantities, including: Songbird, Very Merry Tags, Christmas Cards, Dinosaur Tracks and 50 States.

They are also offering an  extra $10 off Cricut Explore Air Everything Set with code EVERYTHING10 and an extra 20% off any digital item with code 20DIGIT15.

Take advantage of this huge sale today and have all your crafting projects ready to go in time for the winter holidays! Plus, you’ll get free shipping with the code JULYSHIP!

Happy crafting!

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DIY Moon Rocks

As a child, I always wanted to see a Moon Rock. There’s just something fascinating about the moon and outer space. So when my son started asking questions about that big ol’ rock in the sky, I decided to make our own version with these DIY Moon Rocks.

This easy play recipe takes some Moon Sand and adds a bit more moisture to make it moldable to form into rocks. We made them black with some shiny glitter to simulate the sun reflecting off the surface of the moon.

DIY Moon Rocks

DIY Moon Rocks

What you need to make DIY Moon Rocks:

  • 4 cups baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Gold and Silver glitter
  • Black food coloring

In a large plastic bin, mix together the baking soda and water. Add lots of glitter and some food coloring and stir together.

You can let your kids explore this easy Moon Sand for a bit (warning: their hands will get messy because of the food coloring!), or you can go right to making your rocks.

Mold the sand with your hand to shape it into rocks. We pressed our fingers into it to form craters on the surface.

Allow to dry overnight.

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The rocks will be brittle, but kids will love examining them!

They’re much prettier than the Moon Rocks retrieved by astronauts aboard the six landing Apollo missions. Those rocks are stored at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

My son loved learning about the rocks, and how they have to be kept in Nitrogen so that they won’t get moisture. We talked about how adding moisture to the Moon Rocks would change their composition and cause them to fall apart. We even tried adding some water to our own DIY Moon Rocks!

Now that you’ve made Moon Rocks, share photos with us on our Facebook page. Then, head over to our blog for even more space activities for kids!

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Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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Crayon Resist Space Art

We Love Steph from Crafting in the Rain.  Today she is here sharing a fun art project for Space week.

I knew right away what I wanted to do for my post in Space Week here on Crafting Chicks. This crayon resist space craft is great for all ages. You’ll want to join right in with your kids!

You just need a few supplies:
Crayons (name brand works best)
White cardstock
Paintbrush
Black water color or watered down craft paint
Paper towels

Start by coloring a space scene on the cardstock. Stars, planets, shooting stars, rockets, aliens, etc. Color them in completely with the crayons.


Brush over the whole paper with the black water color. The waxy crayon won’t absorb the paint and it beads up a little.  


Pat with a paper towel to clean off paint that beads up on the crayon.


Let dry, and display your beautiful space picture. 


This is how Asher’s turned out! Notice how he used a white crayon to make the moon?

Thanks for having me and I hope you’ll have fun with this space craft! And you might also like this bright and colorful planet mobile I made a while ago.

Image Map


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Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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Back Yard Bug Snacks

Hi there! I am Laura from Inspiration for Moms and I’m thrilled to be visiting you today! I have the perfect snack for our Bug themed week. My Back Yard Bug Snacks have a little something for every bug lover. Your kids will totally enjoy creating these easy eatable butterflies, caterpillars and ladybugs.

Back Yard Bug Snacks

 

Let’s start with those nutty Butterflies. Slice a few celery sticks, fill with peanut butter and top with some pretzels. Finish it off with a few candy eyes to make these flying bugs complete.

Butterfly Bug Snack

Who doesn’t love a sweet caterpillar? This crawling bug is simply made with a wood skewer, some grapes, two candy eyes and a little icing gel. Love that smile! 😉

Caterpillar Bug Snack

And of course, every back yard has a ladybug or two. A cracker topped with provolone cheese holds a cherry tomato with a black olive and a few candy eyes. I speckled the tomatoes with icing gel. Tip: If you don’t think the sweetness would compliment this snack you could always use an edible black marker instead.

Ladybug Snack

I have to confess that out of all the Back Yard Bug snacks, the ladybugs are my favorite. They’re so cute!

All are great for “sneaking” more fruits and vegetables into your little ones diet. (Your kids will never know.) They’ll just be thinking about how their mom is so cool because she lets them eat bugs! 😉

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Happy Bug Snacking everyone!

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Back Yard Bug Snacks

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:

For Butterflies

  • celery stalks
  • peanut butter
  • mini pretzels
  • candy eyes

For Caterpillar

  • grape
  • wooden skews
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker

For Ladybug

  • crackers
  • cheese
  • grape tomatoes
  • black olives
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker

Directions:

For Butterfly

Rinse and cut your celery into 3-4 inch slices. Apply peanut butter into the middle and insert two mini pretzels. Then add two candy eyes.

For Caterpillar

Rinse and dry about 20 grapes. Carefully skew the grapes. Using the icing gel, draw a smile. Then add two candy eyes.

For Ladybug

Use your cracker as a guide to size your cheese. Place the cheese on top of the cracker. Cut grape tomato almost in half, leaving a tiny connection at one end. Open and lay flat on the cheese. Cut a black olive in half and place upside down at top of the tomato. Place the eyes in side the black olive and add the spots with icing gel.

 

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Painted Pistachio Shell Bugs

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Are your kiddos buggy about bugs!?! My boys are obsessed bugs! I’m Shelly from Dolen Diaries and today I’m sharing how to make Painted Pistachio Shell Bugs!

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Supplies:

  • pistachio shells
  • craft paint {I used America paint in their fun new summer colors Sunny Day, Watermelon Slice, Peacock Teal, Purple Rain, and Grey Storm}
  • paint brush

painted pistachio shells

Make sure your pistachio shells are clean and dry. Paint them with a base coat color and let them dry.

pistachio shell bees

We made the yellow into bees by adding grey stripes little dots with eyes.

pistachio shell ladybug

Watermelon into ladybugs by adding a head and dots with grey.

pistachio shell beetles

The boys got creative and made their own beetles with the purple and the turquoise shells.

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The boys have had so much fun playing with their Painted Pistachio Shell Bugs and when they tire of them as toys we’ll use them in another art project! Looking for more creative fun with the ones you love!?! Pop on over to Dolen Diaries where you’ll find fabulous ideas for more kid’s crafts and activities; garage date nights with your honey, and fun crafts perfect for a little you time or a craft night with friends!

 

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